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 15 Jan 2013

Of Snow and Sailing

Overall winner Pete Burling from NZ - 2013 Australian Moth Championship  Kingsley Forbes-Smith
In London for the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show 2013, it's been snowing today, so the sailors who have ventured to Docklands, on the River Thames are the hardy souls.

In a live satellite video link, a very hardy soul, Vendee Globe sailor Mike Golding was talking from the Southern Atlantic, to the Show crowd. More on that and some words from Sir Ben Ainslie later in the week.

Live link with Vendee Globe skipper Mike Golding onboard Gamesa, at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, ExCeL, London.  onEdition ©

The launch of the Sunseeker Predator 68 at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, ExCeL, London, with singer Alfie Boes.

L to R: Robert Braithwaite, MD Sunseeker and Suzi Perry BBC Formula 1 commentator.   onEdition ©

In the middle of the British winter, you understand just why the world leaders in the foul weather gear come from England.

Don't cry too much for our Sail-World European team, they will be enjoying some great weather on Mallorca for the Princesa Sophia Regatta in Palma come end of March.

Back on the local scene, the 18 footer action is heating up, the 12 foot skiff have decided their 2013 champions and the 16 foot skiffs are away.

Moth Squad member Kiwi Pete Burling won the Australian Moth titles convincingly, while across the continent sand groper Michael Manford took the Etchells Crown.

Probably the best news from the Australian scene this week is that this year, for the 39th Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race - the Gosford Sailing Club has a good problem on its hands.

After some years of dwindling entries, the move to a new time slot and some hard work from PRO Tony Evans and his team means it's likely entries will be more than can be berthed on the restricted Island facilities. So race organisers will have to choose just who gets to sail in the 2013 race.

Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race  Peter Campbell ©

Sail-World will be covered the race in detail this year, as it will the upcoming Festival of Sail, now less than two weeks ago..

Australian 18 Footers  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

But now we will stand aside and let you read the latest news.

Rob Kothe and The Sail-World Team

Quality entries flood in 2013 Hempel Gosford - Lord Howe Island Race
Sail-World Team,
Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race - The Gosford Sailing Club (GSC) has been inundated with quality entries for the 39th Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race and Race Director Tony Evans says there will be a lot of tough decisions to make when selecting the final race fleet as entries close on the 22nd February.... [more]
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Australian 18ft Skiff titles 2013 Race 1
Bob Killick,
Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Michael Coxon, Davey O'Connor and Trent Barnabus were faultless in Race 1 of the 2013 Australian 18ft Skiff Championships leading all the way on a tricky south eastern Sydney Harbour course with challengers coming thick and fast.... [more]
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Vendèe Globe – Locked in battle
Vendèe Globe,
Vendèe Globe 2012-13 update after 64 days and 16 hours of racing with 470 miles to the equator.... [more]
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Pantaenius partners with ASMEX 2013
AIMEX/Superyacht Australia,
Pantaenius a global leader in superyacht insurance has confirmed a Platinum Partnership with the 2013 Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Conference (ASMEX).... [more]
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Australian 16ft Skiff Championships - Brydens takes upper-hand
Adam Lucius,
The Australian 16ft Skiff Championships saw another victory from Lee Knapton, but this time he did it from behind as he steered Brydens Compensations Lawyers past Hubble Chemicals for a 14-second win to stay perfect after two races at Manly.... [more]
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Aussie sailing get boost with $1.3 million redevelopment plan at MHYC
Craig Heydon,
Kate Lundy, the Minister for Sport, announced on Sunday the $1.3 million redevelopment plan in the National Training Centre at the Middle Harbour Yacht Club with the goal to produce more Olympic and World champions in future competitions.... [more]
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12ft Skiff Interdominion Championship – Gemmell makes it four in a row
Richard Billett,
The 12ft Skiff Interdominion Championship 2013 came to a dramatic finish with the first three boats crossing the finish line in a span of eight seconds. At the end, Gemmell captured the overall championship to make it four titles in a row for Nick Press.... [more]
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Int'l Optimist Australian Championship - Win for WA's Annabelle Davies
Peter Campbell / Sandy Bay SC,
The International Optimist Dinghy Championship on Hobart's River Derwent this week has witnessed 14 year old West Australian lass Annabelle Davies outnumbered three to one by boys on Hobart's River Derwent, but today she again outsailed them to become the national champion for 2013.... [more]
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Images of the Waitemata: 18ft skiffs training for the JJ Giltinan - 2
Richard Gladwell,
Second image gallery from the 18ft skiffs training on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour on Sunday... [more]
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Images of the Waitemata: 18ft skiffs training for the JJ Giltinan
Richard Gladwell,
Those who frequent the Auckland waterfront, will have noticed the steady growth of the Auckland 18ft skiff fleet over the past couple of years. The Auckland Championships are next weekend. We caught these images from Sunday's practice sessions.... [more]
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18ft Skiff Nationals – Thurlow Fisher Lawyers still reign supreme
Frank Quealey,
The Australian 18ft Skiff Championship opened the new season with a familiar outcome as defending champ Thurlow Fisher Lawyers cruised to a victory in Race 1 on Sydney Harbour on Sunday.... [more]
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America's Cup Discovered: Episode 72 - Passion to Excel
This week on America's Cup Discovered Cup veteran and America's Cup World Series commentator Gary Jobson take us on a journey through the oldest trophy in sport. Features a lot of historical footage of previous America's Cups including J-Boats and the 12 Metre era, plus the sailors and characters of that era.... [more]
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Vendee Globe – Macif's Gabart makes furious push towards finish
Vendee Globe,
The Vendee Globe race has reached its ninth Sunday since the round-the-world journey for these sailors began way back in November 2012. Macif's Francois Gabart continued to pad his lead heading into final stretches of the race, leading Banque Populaire's skipper Armel Le Cleac'h by 252.2 miles and Virbac Paprec 3 skipper Jean Pierre Dick by 605.1 miles.... [more]
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International Optimist Australian Championship - WA girl on the hunt
Peter Campbell,
In the International Optimist Australian Championship, a win in the last and windiest race of the day has placed young West Australian lass Annabelle Davis within two points of overall leader Nick Egnot-Johnson from New Zealand going into tomorrow's final day of racing.... [more]
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Prochoice 2013 Etchells National Championships - when third is first
John Curnow,
There is no doubt that the latest Etchells National Championship in Perth will be remembered. There was plenty of Black Flag and Jury Room action to keep all entertained. Adding to the drama was a sinking and subsequent recovery, as well. Out of it all, the most notable element for the class as a whole, is that The Croc (AUS 1402) is the third vessel to come out of the new Australian mould.... [more]
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Etchells Nationals 2013 - Manford clinches second championship
Bernie Kaaks,
The Prochoice Etchells National Championships 2013 provided less physical sailing condition but the strong breeze off the shore really tested the patience and skills of the crews on the final day of racing. Michael Manford did what he had to do on the final day of the Prochoice Etchells National Championships held at Fremantle this week.... [more]
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Cherub Nationals - Son of Wally's seasoned crew takes crown
Jesse de Rooy,
The Australian Cherub National Championships 2013 featured young and veteran sailors going at one another for the right to capture the crown. At the end, it was the experience and sailing savvy of Trevor Fay and Nigel Blatchfold aboard the 'Son of Wally' that catapulted them to victory.... [more]
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Nick Press and Andrew Stephenson seal 12ft Skiff Interdominion win
Richard Billett,
Nick Press and Andrew Stephenson sealed the title today with a win in Race 9, much to the delight of Murray Press, who flew up to Brisbane to watch his son take his fourth 12ft skiff Interdominions in a row. They didn't have it all their way in Race 8, when a light wind start put them back in the pack.... [more]
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Etchells Australian Championships - Black flag drama continues
Bernie Kaaks,
Despite a black flag penalty in the second of the three races run today at the Etchells Australian Championship, The Croc sailed by Michael Manford, Dean McAullay and Nicholas Gray, tightened its grip on the 2013 National title with a third and a fourth place in the two races she finished.... [more]
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15ft Skiff Nationals 2013 - Competition tight going into final day
Colin Gillespie,
The Australian 15ft Skiff Championship series enters its final stage with handicap and scratch honours still up for grabs going into the last two heats of the competition. Heat 7 and 8 were sailed in a freshest breeze of the series a steady 20 plus knt NE on the longer open course south side of Wangi .... [more]
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Musto J24 Nationals 2013 - Emphatic winner
Simon Grain,
The Australian Musto J24 Championship 2013 offered fleet all kinds of sailing conditions throughout the week long competition, but at the end of the final race, Ben Lamb took home the national title by a winning margin of 8.5 points over fellow New South Wales sailor Sean Kirkjian.... [more]
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Australian Moth Championships - Moths flying everywhere in Wangi
Kingsley Forbes-Smith,
The Australian Moth Championship 2013 has showcased some of the best racing for the start of the Australian summer sailing season. With speed comes excitement and (sometimes) failure. With some very experienced sailors fighting out at the top, there is also plenty of space for others to go fast and enjoy the ride.... [more]
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